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      Etosha
               NAMIBIA
                            Okavango Delta
Himba Tribes
               Windhoek
  Swakopmund
                           BOTSWANA




                     SOUTH AFRICA


                          Cape Town


5 DAY ETOSHA & HIMBA TRIBES



Days 1         Swakopmund
Days 2         Swakopmund / Himba Tribe
Days 3,4       Himba Tribe / Etosha National Park
Days 5         Etosha National Park / Windhoek




HIGHLIGHTS:

Swakopmund, Himba Tribe, Etosha National Park,
Windhoek




This tour takes you through the Kaokoland, famous for
its beauty, and spectacular flora with lots of desert succulents,
but most of all this area is famous for its beautiful people,
the Himba. We also visit Etosha National Park, one of the
greatest wildlife viewing parks in Africa.
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Local Payment                                                 Currency and Banking
N/A                                                           South African Rand is the most widely used currency on this
                                                              route. US Dollar cash is necessary, and can be used for
Countries Visited                                             optional activities. Travellers Cheques can take a long time
Namibia                                                       to change into cash and often incur unreasonable
                                                              charges. Credit Cards cannot alwa ys be processed –
Vehicle                                                       especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2000
Overland Truck                                                (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many
                                                              places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring
Malaria                                                       lots of $1, $5 and $10 notes for tips and craft markets.
N/A                                                           USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local
                                                              currency. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed
                                                              information on each country.
Departure Point
8 am.Villa Wiesa / Dunedin, Cnr. Theo -Ben Gurirab/
Windhoeker Street, Swakopmund. +264 64 407105
                                                              Vaccinations
                                                              No vaccinations are prescribed by law by the countries
                                                              being visited on this tour. Please see the Pre Departure
End Point                                                     Information booklet for detailed information on
Cori Guest House, 8 Puccini Street, Windhoek,                 vaccinations in Africa.
+264 61 22 88 40
                                                              Onward Travel
What’s included                                               This tour can be linked to the Desert Explorer and the Delta
Meals as indicated on the itinerary, accommodation,           and Chobe Trail.
registered guides, transport and selected activities as per
itinerary.
                                                              Pre and Post Tour Accommodation
                                                              If you require accommodation before or after your tour we
What’s excluded                                               can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs,   transfers – contact your travel agent to make these
tips and optional activities (see list for an indication of   bookings.
prices).
                                                              Arrival
Health                                                        Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to
Please inform us of any pre -existing conditions such as      depart. This will avoid any problems such as forgotten
diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you          luggage, misplaced bags or any unpredictable problems
may be taking. We also need to know about any food            such as airline strikes or delayed flight arrival.
allergies that you may have.
                                                              Departure
Visas                                                         Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour
Please note that these are your responsibility. Some          officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we
nationalities require visas for Namibia. See Pre Departure    may experience due to unpredictable road cond itions.
Booklet for more information.

Climate
The African sun is very strong, especially in Namibia and
Botswana. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a
hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to
avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter
months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for
detailed information.

Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times can change depending
on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only.
Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet?
If not please contact us at info@africanoverland.co.za and we will e-mail you the document.
You can also download from our website at www.africanoverland.co.za/accommodated_pre_depature_booklet.html


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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

COUNTRY                     AREA                                  ACTIVITY                        PRICE
Namibia                     Swakopmund                           Sky Diving                       R 1,500 to R 2,500
Namibia                     Swakopmund                           Quadbiking                       R 270 to R 600
Namibia                     Swakopmund                           Sandboarding                     R 200 to R 300
Namibia                     Swakopmund                           Dinner at Local Restaurant       R 150 to R 300
Namibia                     Swakopmund                           Dolphin Cruise                   R 400 to R 540
Namibia                     Swakopmund                           Horse Riding                     R 450 to R 470

DAY 1 SWAKOPMUND
This day is left free for you to explore the town or try one of the many adventure activities.
Optional Activities: Quad biking, Sky diving, Sand boarding, scenic Flights etc

Accommodation: Two per room: Villa Wiese (www.villawiese.com) / Dunedin (www.dunedinstar.com)
Facilities: En suite, hot showers, drinkable water, cash bar, laundry service

The Topnaar people who live in the valley of the Swakop river (at whose mouth the town lies) gave the name on account of
the mud, flotsam, and general detritus washed down during its infrequent floods, which reminded them of very loose
evacuation of the bowels.
The Germans, in the process of expanding their colony in South West Africa, needed a port, but the only natural harbour on this
part of the coast was Walvis Bay, which was already annexed to the Cape. The Germans decided to make the best of the
place, creating an artificial harbour there and building a narrow -gauge routing to convey goods across the Namib to the
interior. A military fort was built here in 1892, which was the beginning of Swakopmund. The building of the railway began in
1895. After the First World War, Germany lost occupation and th e port/harbour was automatically displaced by Walvis Bay.

DAY 2 HIMBA TRIBE
Heading inland, we drive north towards Kamanjab where we meet with the local people from this area. The Himba are a
pastoral people and predominantly breed cattle or goats. Encountering a totally different way of life can be a moving
experience for many people.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Oase Lodge (www.namplaces.com)
Facilities: En suite, hot showers, bar, drinkable water
Route: Swakopmund to Kamanjab. ±650 km
Travel time: ±7-8 hrs. Long Day

The Himba ethnic groups, who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture, live in the seclusion of the Kaokoland. The
friendly people are closely related to the Herero. Both ethnic groups speak the same language. Depending on the time of
year, they move with the ir herds to different watering places. Clothes, hairstyle and jewellery are all of particular significance to
the Himba and are part of their tradition and culture. Even newborn babies are adorned with pearl necklaces. When the
children are a little older, bangles made of beaten copper and shells are added.

The proud Himba women take several hours for beauty care every morning. The entire body is rubbed with a cream, which
consists of rancid butterfat and ochre powder. The aromatic resin of the Omuzumba b ush is added as well. The cream lends
the body an intense reddish shine, which corresponds to the Himba ideal of beauty.

The ancient tribe of semi -nomadic pastoralists occupied Kunene region of the country. The Himba’s (who are relatives of
Herero) are an extraordinary people who have resisted change and preserved their unique cultural heritage. The Himba’s
were impoverished by Nama cattle raiders in the middle of 1800's and then forced to be hunter -gatherers. Because of these
events they were called the Tjimba, derived form the word meaning aardvark, the animal that digs for its food. Many Himba’s
fled to Angola where they were called Ovahimba, meaning 'beggars'. They left with their leader called Vita (''war'').
After World War 1 he resettled his peopl e in Kaokoland. Since these events the Himba’s were living their nomadic pastoralist
lives. But now more and more they have to reconcile traditional ways with European values. One of most interesting rituals of
these people is that of the ritual fire, the ''okoruwo''. The fire provides contact between the living and the dead, which is




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necessary for harmonious living and keeping the ancestors happy. It is kept alive until the death of the headman. When this
happens, his hut and the fire is destroyed. His fam ily dance in mourning throughout the night. Before his burial everyone says to
him: "Karepo nawa" (''keep well''). Later a fresh mopane tree is lit from the embers of the old fire.

DAY 3/4 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast we enter Etosha NP f or some superb game viewing. We will visit water -holes to wait for the animals to
come and drink as well as explore as much as we can of the NP. One night will be spent inside the park where we can see the
nocturnal animals at the floodlit waterhole.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Day 10: Two per room; Depending on the time of year we wi ll stay in the best area of
the park for game viewing at a Namibia Wildlife Resort Campsite
(www.nwr.com.na/etosha.htm)

Day 4: i Dream Africa Lodge. (just outside the gate of Etosha)
Facilities: Drinkable water, good ablutions, bar, shop, post box, swimming pool and waterholes
at all campsites

Route: Kamanjab to Etosha NP. ±220 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs

Etosha National Park, with its wealth of ani mal and plant life, lies in the North of Namibia and covers an area of 22 270km2; the
Etosha pan’s size is 4 590km2. In 1851 the explorers Sir Francis Galton and Charles Anderson were the first Europeans to visit the
great pan known as Etosha (the white pl ace of mirages). The area around it teemed with game animals and the spectacle
during the rainy season of December to March, with the pan filled with mud more than a meter deep and countless flamingos
resting here, made this one of the most exciting wildli fe areas in Africa.
Fifty years later the German government built a fort at the eastern end of the pan, at Namutoni. In 1904 the Wambo attacked
this fort, fortunately only seven German policemen were stationed in the fort at the time and they were short o f ammunition,
after seven hours of fighting they slipped away in the night and made their way southwards until they encountered a German
colony coming to their relief. The combined party returned to the fort in Etosha and recaptured it, the fort had been badly
looted and largely destroyed by the Wambo warriors, as a result a new fort was built – a glistening white, ‘Beau Geste’
stronghold, which until today has never been under attack, the new fort was a police post until the 1950’s. In 1907 the German
government proclaimed Etosha Pan and its surroundings a game reserve. The amenities were built until 1952 however, when
the construction of rest camps and roads began, particularly along the southern edge of the pan, where there are perennial
waterholes that attract a concentration of wild animals.
During the rainy season, animals are scattered over a vast grazing area, congregating in large numbers on the plains west of
the pan where the grazing is good. At this time bird life in the pan is varied. The 400mm of rain that falls annually also creates
muddy roads and excellent conditions for malaria carrying mosquitoes. Temperatures are consistently high - around 38 Celsius -
and life is not very comfortable. In the winter temperatures drop to below 3 degrees Ce lsius at night.

DAY 5 WINDHOEK
On our way to Namibia’s capital city we stop at a craft market so you can purchase some authentic African creations.
Windhoek is situated at almost the exact centre of Namibia. In the afternoon we’ll take you on a short tour of the city after
which the tour will end.

Optional Activities: Dinner at Joe’s Beer House.
Meals: Breakfast
Route: Etosha NP to Windhoek. ±622 km
Travel time: ±7-9 hrs. Long day

Windhoek is home to approximately two hundred thousand people, whic h is an extremely small capital by global standards.
This number is growing rapidly at present mostly due to a lack of employment in rural areas. Despite the large increase in
population over the last few years the city centre is extremely clean, and mostly trouble free. Most tourists comment on the
cleanliness of the city, and often pronounce Windhoek to be a most un -African city. As can be expected from a capital city,
Windhoek is home to many of the best hotels in Namibia, the city also offers several ot her accommodation establishments
ranging from backpackers to up -market guest houses.



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